Two Futures for Police Cautioning

  • Elaine Campbell


In 1993, the Royal Commission on Criminal Justice recommended that police cautioning be governed by statute. This recommendation reflected the failure of advice in successive Home Office Circulars to promote consistency across police force areas, in terms of both policy approaches and decision-making practices. Yet, despite this, given the ineffectiveness of existing national standards for cautioning, it is difficult to foresee the difference that a statutory approach will make, especially as there are definite structural, organizational and occupational limits to achieving a satisfactory level of uniformity.


Criminal Justice Juvenile Offender Criminal Process Criminal Procedure Discretionary Power 
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